Arrested Over Free Speech

Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department arrested both Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin on October 18, 2007. They were acting under orders from Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two men worked for the Village Voice Media at the time of the arrest. They were taken from their homes and put into vehicles with darkened windows. These vehicles also had license plates from Mexico. Joe Arpaio ordered that they men be placed in separate jails and booked.

 

Arpaio has called himself the toughest sheriff in the country. He ordered the arrest of Larkin and Lacey because he was furious about stories that the two men had reported in the Phoenix New Times. The stories revealed the corrupt acts that Arpaio was taking part in as well as some of the conditions of the jails under Arpaio’s control. Most newspapers in Arizona ignored the claims from inmates and others who had a close connection to the sheriff. However, Larkin and Lacey wanted readers to know about the acts that he was committing, so they went ahead with the story. Some of the issues included financial irresponsibility and mismanagement of the entire sheriff’s office. Arpaio abused the power that he had. Conditions at the jails in Arizona were poor, to say the least, under his control. The sheriff also had strict guidelines in regards to arresting individuals and booking them into prisons as he would put certain criminals in certain prisons based on the conditions of the facility and the crime committed.

 

Larkin and Lacey were simply standing up for their right to free speech. The officers under Arpaio’s control were given grand jury subpoenas that requested details about the stories that were published. The subpoenas also requested any browsing histories of the two men. When the rest of the country found out what happened, Larkin and Lacey were released from jail. After the Ninth Circuit read over the subpoenas, they saw that they weren’t valid because the proper legal steps weren’t taken and dismissed the charges against Larkin and Lacey. After examining the facts in the case, an appellate court awarded the men a $3.7 million settlement. The money is now being used to support the Hispanic community so that they can have the same rights as everyday citizens.

 

Fabletics Uses the Power of the Crowd to Increase Growth

Companies these days know how important it is to leverage the power of the crowd. Fabletics is an example of one such successful company. The power of the crowd refers to the concept of the law of social proof. In today’s world, people look online for reviews before they buy something. For example, they might look at Yelp before they visit a restaurant. The truth is, that companies who recognize this and tap into this crowd power will be more successful. Fabletics has grown more than two hundred percent since it was first launched. The head of marketing at Fabletics says that the reason they have experienced such tremendous growth is simply because they tapped into the power of user reviews. The more positive reviews there are out there, the more people will trust the company. This will lead to more purchases and increased customer loyalty.

 

Why are reviews so important? Well, a study showed that people actually trust reviews as much as a recommendation from someone they know. In fact, eighty four percent of people who participated in the survey said so. In fact, fifty percent of customers said that they read reviews online regularly, or at least once a month. This means that people are constantly looking for online reviews before they buy something. So a company that has good online reviews will increase sales. A lot more brands are realizing the power of the crowd these days. In fact, more than three quarters of brands say that they are leveraging online reviews on their websites or other places online. Fabletics is the prime example of a company that managed to leverage the power of the crowd to achieve a huge growth rate.

 

 

It does not just have to do with increased trust, which leads to a higher conversion rate when it comes to sales. The truth is, the more positive reviews you have, the higher you will rank in the search engines. This is an established fact. When Google sees that you are trustworthy and popular, they will think you are the best fit for their search results. Thsu, you will get more exposure online and more customers.

 

Kate Hudson is a well known actor who is heavily involved in Fabletics. She endorsed the company and has been active in management from the very beginning. In fact, it was with her guidance and advice that they managed to grow so quickly.

Julia Jackson Helps Her Family Carry On the Jackson Family Wines Name

Born in 1988, Julia Jackson was born in San Francisco, California to Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson. The family lived for raising their children in the wine making business. The family is well known and carries a large assortment of wines from 4 different continents. Because her family was well known in the industry, Julia knew that her passion would be what drove her to carry on the family name.

Once Julia graduated from high school, she went on to college at Scripps College and graduated with her bachelors before she went on to carry a course from Stanford Graduate School of Business where she took classes in general management. Once she completed these courses, she went to France to further her education. She went forth to earn new techniques that she could use to bring in higher sales and distribute further than before. She went on to work closely with the wineries in France that her family owned while there.

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While Julia spent time in France, she went to the small French town to learn a more advanced technique of wine making from Champagne, France. She worked hard to keep interest within the wine making business and used this with her knowledge to bring a new look and style to her family business. These changes have contributed to reaching a much wider base than previously reached.

The Jackson Family Wineries has a number of vineyards throughout 4 continents from North America to South Africa. In Sonoma County, the winery here produces some of the best wines out there. One of those brands that they produce in Sonoma Valley is Anakota. This wine carries a history that runs to the core of Sonoma Valley.

Jackson Family Wines started out humbly in Lake County, California. It became a very important player in California where it then went on to expand into Australia and then further. In the most recent months, Jackson Family Wines has moved onto open a vineyard in Oregon.

Paul Mampilly: The Accomplished American Investor

Paul Mampilly is an investor and former hedge fund manager who was a Wall Street veteran but changed to a research and investment analyst. Mr. Paul left Wall Street claiming it was not helping everyone but only the elite class people. Paul wanted to spend more time with his family.

Paul Mampilly graduated from Fordham University and in 1991, he started his career as an assistant portfolio manager at Bankers Trust on Wall Street. Later, Paul moved to Deutsche Bank and ING where he worked at better executive positions. Paul has since worked as an investor of multi-billion dollar companies.

Paul Mampilly was asked to take part in an investment competition set by Templeton Foundation with a start-up fund of $ 50 million. The competition occurred during the 2008 and2009 financial crisis. Despite the crisis, Paul won by increasing the investment to $ 88 million. Paul then founded the popular newsletter, Profits Unlimited, that explains to American citizens on how to invest their money. He also owns other newsletters like Extreme Fortunes and True Momentum trading services.

His newsletters mainly discuss stocks explained broadly in all his three trading services. Paul researches about the stocks before posting for about 30 to 40 hours. His daily routine involves watching markets globally and tracking stocks using a portfolio tracker. To stay updated, Paul frequently uses LinkedIn. Mampilly releases news that is easy to understand by using charts and explains how an individual stock could be of help by focusing on the significant trends.

Internet of Things, Mega and millennial mega trends are the trends Paul uses to make recommendations. He is productive because he puts his client’s needs first and stays consistent in his daily routines.

Kinetics Asset Management firm worth $ 6 billion appointed Paul Mampilly to take control of their hedge fund in 2006. The company’s worth grew to $ 25 billion averaging 26 % annual returns. The company was branded “World’s Best” hedge funds by Barron’s. Paul is passionate about helping people and recommends entrepreneurs to focus on technology.

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Cyber Attacks on the Rise, Increase Your Personal Cyber Security Before it’s too Late

Technology is becoming more advanced and complex by the day, but so are hackers. The number and degree of cyber security attacks are increasing significantly with the latest large scale ransomware attack affecting over 300,000 computers in over 150 countries. The damage that these attacks cause is estimated to be over 400 billion dollars worth. Whether it’s for your company, or for individual use, everyone needs to start thinking of their personal cyber security.

 

Cyber attacks include anything that was ever on your computer or is on your computer now that can be taken or tampered with. Some attacks could include identity theft, deletion or corruption of data, theft of intellectual property, or stolen money. Unless you look into your own personal cyber security you’re not safe, nobody is safe from it, not you, me, a big corporation, or potentially even politicians. In May 2017 the President of the United States signed an executive order to increase focus on the country’s cyber security needs.

 

With all these cyber attacks happening now is the best time to protect your own personal cyber security (https://www.facebook.com/rubicainc/). One of the most efficient companies out there right now protecting individuals from cyber attacks is Rubica. Although only founded in 2016, the company has over a decade of experience before splitting from a cyber consulting company to create Rubica. Not only do they have an algorithm that screens for security threats, but also have skilled experts, hired from the NSA, Navy, and Scottland Yard, who monitor and protect computers from cyber attacks.

 

Rubica is an app that can be downloaded to any smartphone, tablet, or computer and then their cyber ops team takes care of all your personal cyber security needs from there (YahooFinance). There’s no need for manuals or anything additional to worry about. Once you download the app Rubica’s cyber ops team works out every issue in the background, only alerting you if an action is needed.

 

As someone who’s computer was corrupted by cyber attacks, I suggest you look into cyber security right away. With technology increasing, we should all increase our protection as well.

 

Orange Coast College: Home to the Corpse Flower

Located in Costa Mesa, California, Orange Coast College is one of the nations largest community colleges. The school began holding classes in 1948 and currently offers two year associates degrees and certificates of achievement. They enroll more than 25,000 students every semester, and they lead other local community colleges in the number of students they send on to four year universities.

Located on a 164-acre campus, Orange Coast College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is part of the Coast Community College District, which is made up of three community colleges total. The school has a wide array of sporting activities available to its students, including baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, tennis, and women’s beach volleyball, to name a few. Orange Coast College also opened a new library in the past decade, built an on-campus Starbucks, and remodeled their student center.

In addition to their athletics and academics, Orange Coast College is gaining some notice around this time of year due to a rare flower located in their administration building that only blooms once every 3-5 years and is nicknamed the ‘corpse flower’ due to its smelly nature. The flower is over 5 feet tall and weighs almost 30 pounds- some of these plants can grow to weigh up to 200 pounds!

The ‘corpse flower‘ originates from the island of Sumatra and is an endangered plant. When it opens, it has bright magenta petals and typically happens in the evening. At Orange Coast College, once the plant blooms, it can be observed until 6 pm. Because of the smell, however, the horticulture department at Orange Coast College is offering views to the public via webcam on their website. This specific plant is being called “Little Dougie”, and its predecessor, “Little John”, was visited by over 1,000 people. The school is encouraging the visiting public to make a $3 donation to the horticulture department when visiting the plant.

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TalkFusion CEO Bob Reina Provides Tips to Help You Reach Your Customers

In his article Promoting with Purpose: How to Understand Your Audience, founder and CEO of Talk Fusion Bob Reina outlines the steps that businesses can take to make a stronger connection with their customers. Learn more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/quickerbettertech/2010/11/10/talk-really-can-be-cheap/#355f7a864e80

 

Defining the problem that you are solving or the benefit that you are providing for and to your customers, as it is seen from their perspective, will give your customers the feeling that you understand their needs and give your message a more personal impact. Learn more: https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/02/does-the-talk-fusion-app-live-up-to-the-hype/

 

Building a buyer’s persona that is developed around descriptive characteristics such as your customer’s age, interests and hobbies, education levels, income, etc., will enable you to create content that is more personal to the audience that you are trying to reach with your message.

 

Social Media tools such as Facebook and Twitter can be used to gain deeper insight into your customer’s interests and preferences. Study your audience’s postings and messages and take notes of the problems they are experiencing and what they are interested in.

 

Analytics allow you to capture summarized trend data. These tools can give you detailed insights into how customers go about researching solutions to their problems and what type of content provides value to them and how they are interacting with it. Bounce rates can also help you learn from the failures of others about what ‘s already been tried and doesn’t work.

 

Studying your competitors can be a tremendous time-saver that gives you an advantage when reaching out to your customers with your offering’s message. Their shortcomings can reveal market gaps that you can fill. Your competitors’ successes can provide you with a very quick schooling on what works with your market. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/talk-fusion

 

After you’ve researched these areas, you’ll have enough insight to develop a message that will reach your customers at a personal level and make your products and services come to life and provide value to their wants and the problems they are experiencing.

 

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Founded in 2007 by Bob Reina, Talk Fusion serves businesses by helping them distinguish themselves from their competition with marketing plans that increase revenues and the bottom line. Talk Fusion delivers dynamic strategies, making your message more memorable and increasing your customer’s engagement with your content.

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Why Mike Baur is a Mover and Shaker

Mike Baur, a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Swiss Startup Factory is regarded as a mover and shaker among entrepreneurs. It’s no surprise when he has started such a well-rounded organization committed to helping young startups get the funding that they need as well as the guidance in all aspects of their business. This all comes on the heels of Baur leaving a secure and long-term job in the banking industry where he started from the bottom and worked his way up.

 

Baur has seen it all in the financial markets, having worked in a standard banking system as well as with investment firms. His resume is impressive having worked for USB Wealth Management, Clariden Leu, and Sallfort Privatbank AG as well. This work history has given him just what he has needed to gain valuable experience for both banking and for helping young entrepreneurs start their new businesses from the ground up. His desire to become an entrepreneur as well as to inspire others is what led him to take the leap into starting his own company.

 

His main goal was to be a part of the biggest and best startups in Switzerland, stirring both the minds and creativity of those who worked for others as well as for those who also had been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. His big startup list includes his passion for Startup DNA, Startup investments and his acceleration program that he formed for the Swiss Startup Factory along with his partners.

 

Every aspect of the SSUF aspires to impact the economy going forward, and leaving the old economy behind. These startups could potentially play a vital role in what makes Switzerland stronger as a country, especially in the digital world. This effort that he has made in the digital markets is a big part of what is known as the fin-tech industry. This new industry has young entrepreneurs working hard to grab their place in the ever-evolving industry.

 

Baur’s massive success has led him to get several invitations as a keynote speaker as well as for his role in giving back through the SSUF. Baur is also striving to get investors involved to help these young startups find their way in their marketplace, so that they can get off to a solid start building their businesses and helping others too.

 

Logan Stout + IDLife + Garmin = Good Health

IDLife is partnering with Garmin to offer a wearable fitness device to all of its customers. Beginning June 1, 2017, IDLife customers will be able to purchase Garmin’s line of vivo activity trackers and the Garmin Index Smart Scale on IDLife.com.

IDLife and Garmin believe that good health is a great deal more than just a number on a scale, good health is a way of life. With that in mind, the wearable fitness device offered by the two companies will connect over wifi and it will measure a multitude of health factors. These health factors include weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat, water percentage, and skeletal muscle mass. With the ability to see all of these different aspects of a their health, people who own this product will have a better idea of the status of their health beyond just the number that is found on a scale.

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Garmin has been in the wearable fitness device market for over ten years and has become one of the leaders in this field. IDLife exists to help people lead healthy lifestyles by offering high-quality, customized vitamins and nutritional products. The combination of these two well-known, well-respected companies makes sense and will provide consumers with the best products to help them on their health journey.

Logan Stout, the founder and CEO of IDLife, has been a huge part of making the company what it is today. Stout is an accomplished business owner, philanthropist, speaker, and leadership trainer and he used many of these skills in making IDLife succeed. Logan Stout has a vision and passion for educating people on the importance of health and wellness and for providing high-quality products to help them succeed on their health journey.

Stout’s passion does not end in helping others succeed in living a physically healthy life. He also wants to help people build their leadership skills so that they can succeed in every facet of life. He has partnered with experts in both leadership and health and wellness to accomplish these goals in his business.

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Jason Halpern Makes a Difference in the Lives of Over 650 Ethiopians and Nepalese Locals

Jason Halpern: Real Estate Entrepreneur

Jason Halpern is as handsome as he is accomplished. After taking over the family business, JMH Development, in 2010 Jason has been diligently working. Mr. Halpern is quite the busy man dividing his time and attention between many business projects. He is involved in multiple projects in the state of New York including Townhouses for Cobblestone Hill. He is also involved in Aloft South Beach, a 235 room hotel in South Miami Beach. Aloft South Beach promotes the JMH Development philosophy; it is hotel that has been the product of restoration of historical structures.

Jason Halpern with his Working Mates

In addition to his role as owner and business, Jason Halpern makes time for his philanthropic interests. Jason is strongly involved in the success of the philanthropy, Joel A. Halpern Trauma at Westchester Medical Center, a charity in which he has strong investment. This Level I Trauma Center provides necessary medical care to those in need of medical assistance. The services provided include: open heart surgery, care for burn victims, reattachment of limbs, complex emergency neurosurgical and orthopedic surgery, and care for individuals with internal injury.

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Joel A. Halpern Trauma is not the only charity Jason Halpern is known for promoting. In 2015, Jason expanded his charitable interest by becoming involved in the provision of clean water to Ethiopians and Nepalese locals supplying over 650 individuals with pure water. Jason completed this task by partnering with a global water non-profit promising $20,000 in water donations for every contract signed at Three Hundred Collins. The charitable efforts of Jason Halpern have made a difference in the lives of many.